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Amherst Orchid Show, 2011. February 28, 2011

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature, macro photos.
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OK folks, it’s time for Our Yearly Orchasm!

The Amherst Orchid Show, held again this year in Northampton (!) is a sight for winter-weary eyes – a large room full of outrageous form and color, and stuffed full of delighted Flower Zombies milling about and muttering, “Oh, Harold, look at THIS one!”

At first glance it’s a cacophony of color:

…but like much of what’s complex in the world, it divulges its secrets to those willing to take it apart.

A constellation of stars rode high above a ruby sunset:

…as a choir of Angels descended from their Heavenly trellis:

…and a family looked up in slack-jawed amazement :

There were simple single blossoms:

…and some that were fantastical in form:

There were Lady’s Slippers:

…and classics of the family Orchidaceae:

There were interesting pairings of climbers:

…and standers:

…the depths of which caused palpitations in otherwise staid admirers:

…and still others which challenged Elvis for the title of King of the Velvet:

…and some so other-worldly as to seem like beautiful fictions:

I think that’s my favorite shot from the day.

A lot of these takes were in the 15-30 second range; I’d love a chance to get in there without the crowds milling about, as even the breezes of passing people caused enough motion in the more delicate specimens to make photographing them a low-probability prospect.  Nonetheless, I got better shots this year than last, and I’m pretty jazzed about that.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed viewing these as much as I enjoyed taking them.

G’night, now!



1. eileen - February 28, 2011

Those are really beautiful, and amazing. The colors were so stunning and vivid.

I remember that we had lady slippers at the house I grew up in. Our property had a piece of swamp. And that’s where the lady slippers lived.

2. littlebangtheory - February 28, 2011

Hi eileen. 🙂

Yeah, lady slippers like edges, which swamps have (they’re “succession” plants, and will move as forests progress into meadows or marshes.) I’ve gone back years later to places where I remember them being and didn’t find them; it took me a while to figure out why!

3. Paul in ABQ - March 1, 2011

What a profusion of exotic loveliness. Orchasm is the right word for it. I’ve been looking forward to this since you warned us it was coming. Nice work, Ralph!

4. susan - March 1, 2011

You’ve certainly done an amazing job capturing the extraordinary magnificence of these beings that go beyond flowers. Your descriptions were very apt and charming too 🙂

5. Stephanie - March 1, 2011

THANK YOU! Gorgeous! I’ve become a daily follower instead of a sometime looker. I love your commentary and descriptions as well.

6. littlebangtheory - March 1, 2011

Paul, Susan, Thanks! I appreciate your appreciation! 🙂

Stephanie, welcome, and thanks for commenting. It’s always nice to get new “regulars,” and makes me work to boot my Game up!

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